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After Bristol: putting patients at the centre
  1. Angela Coulter
  1. Correspondence to:
 Angela Coulter, Picker Institute Europe, Oxford OX1 1RX, UK;


Many of the 198 recommendations made by the Bristol inquiry urged doctors to include patients as active participants in their own care. Angela Coulter discusses how these recommendations can be turned into reality

  • Angela Coulter, Bristol Inquiry
  • patient-caregiver communication
  • teamwork

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  • Funding: None.

    Competing interests: AC contributed to one of the seminars of the Bristol inquiry. Picker Institute Europe organises patient feedback surveys for NHS trusts.

  • * This is a revised version of a paper presented at a conference on improving quality of health care in the United States and United Kingdom on 22–24 June 2001, cosponsored by the Commonwealth Fund and the Nuffield Trust, which was first published in BMJ 16 March 2002;324:648–51.

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